Waugh unconcerned by expected South African backlash
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh feels Steve Smith and David Warner will be inspired by South Africa's crowd booing them.
Both Warner and Smith are set to return to South Africa in the upcoming one-day and Twenty20 tour for the first time since the infamous ball-tampering scandal of 2018.
The pair were banned for 12 months for their part in the incident which rocked Australian cricket and saw a backlash against the Aussie culture of aggression and perceived arrogance.
Tim Paine has attempted to calm the waters as skipper of the Test team while Aaron Finch is in charge of both white-ball sides and will lead his men in South Africa.
The tainted cricketers were both given harsh treatment by England supporters during last summer's Ashes tour and, while Smith scored a mountain of runs, Warner struggled to get the ball off the square.
He has since scored heavily both domestically and for the Baggy Greens and Waugh feels the duo will use the inevitable negativity as motivation in the coming weeks.
"They'll welcome it with open arms," Waugh said at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin on Sunday. "There'll be a few comments, and that's all part of the game.
"They'll expect it. They got that in England it didn't work. Look at Steve Smith in that first Test match at Edgbaston ... the crowds were booing him constantly and he got 140 in each innings.
"I'd say to South African crowds 'go for it' because it will motivate these players and they'll score runs."
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